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Flying with a Cello

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Flying with a Cello

Taking a prized musical instrument onboard a flight has never been easier, with many airlines now offering specific services dedicated to this requirement. With the large majority of airlines not having anywhere to store these items in the cabin, airlines have had to devise ways to assist travellers with musical instruments such as a cello.

It is important to ensure first of all that you know the measurements of the item of which you are taking. This needs to be measured whilst in its carry case, the length x width x height. These measurements are important to take, as different airlines have different regulations. This is because different airlines operate all different types of aircraft, ranging in different sizes, with some airlines being unable to accommodate with some requests.

The size of your cello will determine your transportation options, such as whether it will be allowed in the cabin as carry-on, or whether it will need to be transported in the hold or on an additional seat.

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More information can be found in our guide to flying with a musical instrument

How to fly with a cello?

Transporting your Cello as Baggage

Because of their larger size, it is likely that your airline will not accept a cello as part of your cabin allowance, so the instrument will need to be transported as cargo.

With the large majority of airlines, they will be unable to accept any damage whilst the Cello is in transit, so it is imperative that you ensure you have your instrument packed these the best that you can.

Transporting your Cello on an Extra Seat

Due to their much larger size, cellos are often transported as cabin-seat luggage, where passengers must purchase an additional seat on the plane where the cello can stay during the flight.

Be mindful that not every airline will allow this, and it means paying the extra cost of an additional seat, but this could be the best option if you wish to travel with your item in sight. Airlines will tend to charge for a fare as if you were to book this as a standard passenger, minus some of the airport/departure taxes.

Useful guides:

- To find out more about booking an additional seat for your Cello, please visit our passenger services guide, which explains the general rules that usually apply and provides more information on the rules of specific airlines.

- If you're ready to make your flight booking, discover how you can book an additional seat when you book through Alternative Airlines by visiting 'How to Book Seats' page.

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How can Alternative Airlines help?

We highly recommend checking the airlines respective baggage policy regarding the transportation of musical instruments. Policies can vary between airlines and indeed between countries. Some airlines will require a declaration form to be filled in before departure or at the check in desk, this is to be filled in to confirm that you accept responsibility for the item and at your own risk.

Whilst we cannot guarantee each airline will be able to take your instrument, please do give our customer services team a call to find out more information about adding request to your reservation.

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